There is no joy in San Diego today, as the Padres home run streak came to an end after 25 games. The last time the Friars went without a home run was also against the Reds, on Jun 26 in Cincinnati. Tonight Brandon Finnegan stood in the way of history, holding San Diego to four hits and three walks in six innings. It didn’t help that Alex Dickerson left the game after a first-inning injury. Four of the rookie’s six homers have come in the last four days, and he slugged five total during the streak.
As for the non-streak related portion of the game, the Padres got off to a bad start right away. Zack Cozart hit a one-out triple off Edwin Jackson in the first. That was the play that took Dickerson off the field, and it only got worse from there. Joey Votto took a walk, and then a sac fly from Jay Bruce gave Cincinnati the only run they’d need. But a couple singles plated another run before Eugenio Suarez hit a bases-clearing double to put the Reds up 4-0. Suarez would do damage again in the fifth, plating two more on a single to left.
Oh well. We’re back to regular old non-streak baseball tomorrow, with Christian Friedrich getting the first pitch at 5:40 PM.